FAQ: How Do I Get a Police Report in San Bernardino?
If you were involved in a car accident in San Bernardino, obtaining a police report is an essential part of the claims process. Traffic collision reports are available to the parties involved in the accident, the registered owners of a vehicle involved in the accident, or any representatives of the parties involved, like your San Bernardino trial attorney.
REQUESTING A REPORT FROM SAN BERNARDINO POLICE
If you need to request a police report from the San Bernardino Police Department, you will need to request it from the San Bernardino Police Department Records Bureau. This department will have all records related to traffic collision reports, criminal reports, and incident reports.
In person, the Records Bureau hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. The office is closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays.
To obtain a copy of the report, you will need to complete a Report Request Form, which you will find in the Records Bureau lobby, or you can download it online. You will need to return the form during business hours to the Records Bureau. It can take up to two or three weeks to receive a copy of the report due to potential backlogs. A traffic collision report can take at least 10 working days after the incident before you can request a copy.
Current fees for traffic accident reports are 15 cents per page.
If you need to file a police report online in San Bernardino, you will be asked a series of questions to help the police classify how to file your report. It will also help the reporting system configure the online report with the required information.
Once the report is submitted, it has to be reviewed. The person reviewing it will review the report to verify you provided enough information to establish the need to file a report for a crime. He or she will also look for any minor errors that could delay processing your report. In the event you had errors, you will be asked to add information or make a correction before submitting it again.
SAN BERNARDINO SHERIFF AND CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS
For reports involving San Bernardino Sheriff Dept, you would need to contact the Civil Liabilities Division. The office is located at 655 East Third Street in San Bernardino and the phone number is 909-387-0613. If you were involved in an accident where the California Highway Patrol (CHP) responded, you would need to fill out a CHP Collision Report, or CHP 190. Complete the form and mail it to the nearest Area office or submit in person.
CONTACTING A LOS ANGELES PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Meeting with a Los Angeles car accident attorney is an important step in any personal injury claim. Your attorney will help you navigate the claims process, including requesting a copy of the police report, which is an important piece of evidence that can support your position. Contact El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers at 213-985-1120 to schedule an initial consultation.
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